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4 Day South Coast, Snaefellsnes, Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Tour

Hot springs, black sand beaches, iconic waterfalls and more

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Welcome to the perfect 4-day itinerary for your trip to Iceland. Get inspired by stunning vistas and see the most extraordinary locations and sights Iceland has to offer.

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Let’s explore the best of both worlds by combining the magical South Coast of Iceland with the mysterious Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Visiting Iceland is an adventure from start to finish! This tour combines grand waterfalls, gushing hot springs, fishing villages, small towns, gleaming glaciers, and dramatic mountains.

Join our experts on a 4-day expedition to Iceland’s highlights and natural wonders.

West Iceland is the Winter destination of 2019

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    4 days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Ratio

    1:18

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    104.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Vík Village
Skaftafell National Park
Vatnajökull Europe’s largest glacier
Naturally Formed Ice Cave
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
The Diamond Beach
The Golden Circle; Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss
The Secret Lagoon
Djúpalónssandur Beach
Arnarstapi and Hellnar
Mt. Kirkjufell
Vatnshellir Lava Cave
Ytri-Tunga Seal Paradise
*Glacier Lagoon Boat Tour (optional)
Included
Pick-up & drop off in Reykjavík
Guided Minibus Tour
Hotel accommodation with a private bathroom (3 nights)
Hotel Breakfast (3 mornings)
English Speaking Tour Guide
Amazing Sightseeing Stops
Ice Cave Tour
Admission to the Secret Lagoon
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

A wise man once said, “Iceland is like everything you see in the movies and think can’t possibly be real.”

It’s time for you to discover the meaning behind these words. With amazing natural wonders within such a short distance, Iceland is very likely the most hidden gem in Europe. A road trip in Iceland is like nothing else you’ve ever experienced!

To make the most of your time here, we’ve created the perfect 4 Days in Iceland.

South Coast

The tour will start with a 2-day exploration on Iceland’s South Coast. First stops are at amazing waterfalls the staggeringly beautiful Seljalandsfoss and the stunner Skógafoss. Both of them are extremely photogenic but at the same time truly unique in their ways and can be explored in different ways, from above or behind! The South will also bring you to mysterious Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and the charming national park Skaftafell, before introducing the magical wonderland of a blue crystal ice cave.

Jokulsarlon

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach are there for day two, where you will get a chance to sail in between the icebergs you’ll never forget. Get up close and personal with some of Mother Nature’s most colorful work.

Golden Circle

Your third day is dedicated to the must-do Golden Circle tour, with stops at Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and Þingvellir. Cap off the day of sightseeing with a cozy soak in the Secret Lagoon hot spring, Iceland’s oldest swimming pool. A true treat after a day of amazing sightseeing stops and historical locations (Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir).

Snaefellsnes

On your fourth day, step into the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Your expert guide will show you all the best the lava-covered peninsula has to offer, including the famous Kirkjufell Mountain, Arnarstapi and Hellnar Villages and Djúpalónssandur Pebble Beach.


Pick-up Information

Pick-up is at 08:00 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.


Return time

You will return to Reykjavík around 08:00 pm approximately and you will be dropped off where we picked you up.


Practical Information

What to bring: Warm clothing, waterproof jacket and pants and hiking boots.

Please note

Our main ice cave to visit is the Crystal Ice Cave. At times it is inaccessible however and in that case we will visit another ice cave. During the summer months (April-October), we will go to The Ice Cave Under the Volcano ice cave. If it is inaccessible, we will do a glacier hike instead.

Day 1 - South Coast

Our day will begin in Reykjavík where you are picked up from your pre-chosen pick up location. This is when you will meet your guide for the next days and get a first sighting of the like-minded travelers that have chosen this fantastic adventure like you!

We start by driving the South Coast, stopping at the beautiful waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Seljalandsfoss is one of the only waterfalls in the world that you can walk behind.

Afterward, we’ll stop onto the mysterious Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach where the mystical and fairytale-like Reynisdrangar basalt columns stand tall in the strong waves. The beach is also home to a natural lava cave that has formed into the tuff mountain Reynisfjall. 

Lunch will take place in the charming little town of Vík next to South Iceland’s favorite beach. 

Next, we drive through what seems to be a no-mans-land while making our way to the beautiful Skaftafell National Park, known for its ice caves, glacier views and excellent hiking trails.Crystal Ice Cave

Now the adventures truly begin! Next up on your guided adventure is a visit to a naturally formed ice cave on an outlet glacier from Europe’s largest ice cap, Vatnajökull. You are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you get up close and personal to some of Mother’s Nature best artwork.

After exploring the glacier’s cave, we’ll check in at our hotel and enjoy some delicious dinner.

Day Highlights
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Skógafoss waterfall
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Vík
Skaftafell National Park
Naturally Formed Ice Cave
Included
Pick up in Reykjavík
Guided Mini-Bus Tour
Accommodation + Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
Hótel Geirland
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Day 2 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Today your glacier adventures continue as our first stop will be the world-famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where glittery iceberg float around in a seal paradise. Take a stroll around the lagoon and indulge in the beautiful scenery or join on an optional boat ride (can be added as an extra) in the lagoon where you will get a chance to go even closer to these eerie turquoise ice blocks.

Next up, we take a short walk to see more of these truly awe-inspiring icebergs on the Diamond Beach where they have drifted ashore and now sunbathe on a black sand beach, shimmering like diamonds on sunny days. This place truly is a sight for sore eyes.

On the way back to Reykjavík we will make some extra stops at well chosen locations your guide will choose each time.

The night is spent at a hotel in Reykjavík.

Day Highlights
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Glacier Lagoon Boat Tour (optional)
The Diamond Beach
Included
Guided Minibus Tour
Accommodation + Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
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Day 3 - Golden Circle

It’s time for the world-famous Golden Circle!

You’ll be picked up at your Reykjavík hotel, then we head inland for the must-do Golden Circle tour. The first stop is at the historical Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir National Park) where you will get a chance to view the meeting of the continental plates in a truly unique way. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to one of the world’s first parliaments, beautiful waterfalls, a stunning lava field and views like never seen before.

Strokkur geyser Iceland

After a brief lesson in Icelandic history, we join for the Geysir geothermal area where the impressive Strokkur will spout up into the air giving all those who are there to see goosebumps and awe-looking faces. This is truly a must-see while in Iceland!

Cap off the Golden Circle with a final stop at the glacier-originated waterfall Gullfoss (Golden Waterfalls). Look for the rainbows that are likely to appear as the two-story showstopper gushes down into Gullfoss Canyon. The waterfall can be viewed from two different locations, both recommended!

Bathing in the secret lagoon with friends

The day is then topped with a dip in the warm waters of the Secret Lagoon, Iceland’s oldest swimming pool.

The night is then again spent in Reykavík, Iceland’s lively capital.

Day Highlights
The Golden Circle
Þingvellir National Park
Geysir Hot Springs
Gullfoss waterfall
The Secret Lagoon
Included
Guided Minibus Tour
The Secret Lagoon Admission
Accommodation + Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
Reykjavik Lights Hotel
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Day 4 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula

After breakfast you will be picked up again now for a completely different exploration as this time we will be making our way North West onto the Snæfellsnes peninsula, home to the famous Snæfellsjökull glacier Jules Verne made so famous in the book, Journey to the center of the earth.

Snaefellsnes-Iceland-tour

 

The day is packed with memorable stops. First we will explore the farm Ytri Tunga where seals play all year around, not at all shy from humans and show off on the beach. Then there is the picturesque Arnarstapi, everyone’s favorite Instagram spot a little coastal village and after the close-by Hellnar where we will take a break to have lunch with an epic view.

The adventure will next take us to the Vatnshellir Lava Cave where you will have the option (at an extra cost) to explore Iceland’s underworld in a spacious lava cave which sits right at Snæfellsjökull’s glacier roots.

Djúpalónssandur pebble beach is our next destination where  your guide will tell you fascinating stories of shipwrecks and adventures around the area.

Kirkjufell mountain on Snaefellsnes

For many the last stop is the best stop on this part of the tour as we end the day on Snæfellsnes peninsula with a stop at the queen of all mountains, mt. Kirkjufell which towers above Grundarfjörður fishing village.

On the way back we check out the Gerðuberg basalt cliffs, which is just yet another reason why Icelandic road trips are the best! We will drop you off in Reykjavik at around 20:00 (8 pm).

Day Highlights
Ytri-Tunga Seal Paradise
Arnarstapi
Hellnar
Vatnahellir Lava Cave
Djúpalónssandur Pebble Beach
Mt. Kirkjufell
Gerðuberg
Included
Guided Mini-Bus Tour
Drop off in Reykjavík
What are the main advantages of booking a multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

Our multi-day tours are operated in a minibus which will give you a small group experience and a better connection with the guide.

Accommodation is included during your multi-day tour which is often booked far in advance. By booking with us, you don’t have to worry about finding an accommodation during the time of the tour. Staying overnight in the countryside gives you the opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour. Note that Adventure packages do not include accommodation.

You’ll have an English speaking licensed adventure guide throughout the tour that will be able to tell you about everything you will see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by are to give you the absolute best experience.

What kind of rooms can be expected when booking the multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

When booking with Arctic Adventures, you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.

If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.

All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.

Are meals included in the tour?

If your tour includes accommodation, breakfast is always included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant.

Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. (Unless it’s specifically stated in the description of the tour)

On our multiday tours, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.

You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.

Which type of meal options are available for me on the tour?

Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.

Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.

What is my luggage allowance on a multi-day tour?

For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).

* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).

* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.

* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.

Does this tour suit me?

We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours.  Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.

If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.

What will the average driving per day be?

We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.

I'm not sure I have all suitable gear, do you offer any for rent?

If you are not sure that you have suitable gear for your tour, we offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking boots. You can book these items and more under the selection “Extras” in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.

If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do so at least 24 hours prior to your tour starts.

For further information about rental gear:

2 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

3 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

4 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

5 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

6 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

Is it guaranteed that we will see the Northern Lights during the tour?

Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor, then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call up on request if the lights are spotted.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!).

For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

If we arrive in Iceland on the same date as we booked our tour, could we miss out on it?

We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.

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